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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed California Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your California Boater Card.

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  • A Certificate of Number is valid for two years unless issued in an odd numbered year, when it is valid for one year.
  • The Certificate of Ownership is your evidence of title to the vessel, and should therefore be kept in a safe place. The reverse side of the Certificate of Ownership is an application for transfer of ownership.
  • Upon registration, your vessel may be subject to a use tax based on the purchase price, if acquired out-of-state or from a private party.
  • You are required to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles whenever any of the following takes place:
    • The vessel is destroyed or abandoned. Notice must be given within 15 days and be accompanied by the Certificate of Number and Certificate of Ownership.
    • The owner’s address has changed. Notice must be given within 15 days.
    • The vessel is sold. Notice must be provided within five calendar days and include the date of sale, a description of the vessel, and the name and address of the new owner.
  • Larger recreational vessels, owned by U.S. citizens, may (at the option of the owner) be documented with the U.S. Coast Guard. Call the USCG’s Documentation Center at 1-800-799-8362 for more information. Documented vessels must have the vessel’s name and hailing port displayed on the stern above the waterline.